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Alex Lancia

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The Google “Daily Slide”

Disclaimer: this was not my original idea - somewhere on Twitter but not sure who to give the credit to anymore. Basically though the purpose of this single Google slide is that it is "live" and has all the info... Continue Reading →

Giving Student Feedback in Seesaw

One of the challenges I face when teaching my students online is providing accurate, useful and timely feedback. Our school uses Seesaw as the primary online learning platform and recently I have started experimenting with editing student posts directly as... Continue Reading →

Virtual Book Series Mini-Unit: 8 Reading Lessons for Grade 2

Seeing as I always gather great ideas from others online, I thought it only fair to share this "virtual book series" reading unit for grade 2 that my co-teacher Ms. Yuka and I recently completed.  The lessons are listed via... Continue Reading →

Ten Virtual Opinion Writing Lessons for Grade 2 with Seesaw Activities

Seeing as I always gather great ideas from others online, I thought it only fair to share this "virtual opinion" writing unit for grade 2 that my co-teacher Ms. Yuka and I recently completed.  The lessons are listed via image... Continue Reading →

How to Create Virtual Lessons using Seesaw

A bit of context ... I teach grade 2 and as of the time of this writing (April 3, 2020) Seesaw Activities only allows one link to be uploaded per Activity. The problem was that I wanted to use Seesaw... Continue Reading →

Online Resources for Virtual Learning

I have found the resources available online to be overwhelming so I am curating them here in small chunks for my students and parents.  Also using this post as my virtual "shelf" to collate resources.  I hope to update this... Continue Reading →

Poetry App Smashing

The impetus behind this idea came from constantly reading over the Grade 2 Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.6 which basically states that students should, "with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in... Continue Reading →

Cable Free Classroom Projecting using Google Slides

My conundrum is that in the classroom I use my computer to take anecdotal notes, look at student data on the fly, etc (especially during conferring for reading/writing).  Oftentimes however my computer is connected to the projector cable and so... Continue Reading →

Life and Death in “The Cloud”

Friday afternoon with the promise of an eventful weekend looming I started scrolling through my "Chill Essentials" playlist to get me in the mood.  I was looking for a particular song and much to my surprise it was greyed out. ... Continue Reading →

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